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Chef Ross Warhol leaves Athenaeum Hotel's Bloom, will head Texas kitchen

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Chef Ross Warhol and the Athenaeum Hotel have parted ways. The talented young chef, whose cooking duties at the Chautauqua Institution hotel expanded this year to include the two-night-a-week Bloom, cooked his last meal there on July 27.

Bloom, conceived as an ode to Chautauqua County farms and food producers, will remain open for several more nights before the Institution season ends, said Athenaeum general manager Bruce Stanton. "We are open, but under a revised schedule," he said. Bloom will be open two more Saturdays, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, with other kitchen staff stepping up to cook the meals.

Warhol said he will be taking over the kitchen at Pelican Club, a private room associated with the Gaidos seafood restaurant, on the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas. Warhol said he'll have free rein in the kitchen, and is looking forward to the challenge of being open five days a week year-round.

"I plan on coming back," Warhol said. "My heart's in Buffalo, and it's where I want to be when I open my own spot."

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